Robinson's reach is international

Nov 13, 2002

Dr. Milton Robinson continues to spread the word about Kettering across international waters.

Dr. Milton Robinson continues to spread the word about Kettering across international waters.

Robinson was recently recognized for his work with the Science Engineering Communications In Math Education (SECME)program conducted for teachers of science and mathematics in Freeport of the Grand Bahamas. Kettering organized a workshop earlier this fall in partnership with officials from the SECME program, who helped teachers hone their skills to impart math and science concepts to students. A large feature story appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 17, edition of the newpaper "The Bahama Journal."

Mary Cooper, principal of St. Georges High School and a local coordinator for the SECME program, said the program has existed in Grand Bahama for more than four years. The goal is two fold: to help teachers in the Grand Bahamas increase their abilities in conveying important math and science concepts, and assist students in achieving higher scores on SAT and ACT tests. For several years, Robinson has lead this effort as a representative for Kettering with continued success. Eight students who participated in the program currently attend or have attended Kettering on academic scholarships. The students have performed well at the University and in their co-ops, with several moving on to graduate work or positions in the engineering field.

The program in the Grand Bahamas this fall featured math and science teachers from area high schools and two teachers from grades 4-6 in the primary schools. Additionally, principals and vice principals attended a pre-workshop meeting to hear an overview of the program presented by Cecil Thompson, district superintendent of schools.

During the workshop, teachers received instruction on how to design and build a rocket out of a three liter plastic soda bottle. Christopher Garrett, a quality engineer with Pratt & Whitney of West Palm Beach, Fla., supervised the project. His company is an industry partner that assists SECME in attracting student interest in the program. The focus of Garrett's workshop was to help teachers build a water rocket out of a soda bottle, then launch it to determine how well participants followed instructions.

Established in 1975 by deans at seven southeastern universities, SECME is an alliance that extends to schools, universities, science and technology-based businesses and industries, and public and private agencies in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Grand Bahama. The organization works to address declining enrollments of college students in engineering programs throughout the U.S. by discovering new talent among minorities and women.

Robinson, who is a consultant to Kettering University President James E.A. John, works with the Office of Minority Student Affairs on campus.